Rookie third-round pick Isaac Seumalo will get all of the Eagles’ practice reps at right tackle Wednesday, making him the fifth player to man the position this year.
Allen Barbre (hamstring) will be held out of practice, but head coach Doug Pederson expects him to be ready for this week’s game. Barbre hurt his hamstring during the loss to Washington Sunday.
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“Allen’s a veteran guy that’s played there so he doesn’t need a ton of reps to get himself ready to go,” Pederson said.
In addition to Barbre, the Eagles will hold Jordan Matthews (ankle), Darren Sproles (concussion) and Halapoulivaati Vaitai (knee) out of practice Wednesday. Matthews is expected to be ready for Sunday’s game.
The Eagles started the season with Lane Johnson at right tackle until his 10-game suspension kicked in. Then Vaitai took over before he sprained his MCL. From there, the Eagles moved Barbre from left guard to right tackle until he hurt his hamstring Sunday. Matt Tobin then filled in, but he sprained his MCL and landed on IR.
Here's a look at the parade of right tackles this season:
1. Johnson. 2. Vaitai. 3. Barbre. 4. Tobin. 5. Seumalo.
Has Seumalo taken many reps at tackle this season?
“A little bit way back in the spring, if that’s any indication,” Pederson said. “He’s been more at guard. He’s gotten some tackle on the service team, going against our defense, things like that, over the last couple of weeks. But nothing with our offense. He’s been more guard and that tight end position.”
On Sunday against Washington, Seumalo got the start and played all game at right guard for Brandon Brooks, who missed the game with a mystery illness.
Pederson on Wednesday said he didn’t know anything more about the illnesses — Brooks has missed two games in three weeks — but said Brooks will practice this week and he expects him to play Sunday.